Day 5 of 10 for my racetrack challenge: Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. ‘America’s National Park of Speed’ … I may know who coined that slogan even though he gets no credit for it, so I give him credit, great work John Wiedemann. Last August John Lindley and I drove up to RA to attend the IMSA Sportscar Championship and we camped out in tents with John Wiedemann and his friends on the grounds of RA. We had a blast watching the racing, exploring, sharing stories, laughing and the campfires were a nice touch to finish off the evenings. To best describe the cars that race in this series are racing versions of Corvettes, Porsches, Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Vipers, and many other manufacturers. In the IMSA Sportscar series are four classes that all race at the same time so with the speed differential there are numerous overtakes each lap with great racing within each class. IMSA’s main event is the 24 Hours of Daytona which is this weekend and some of these same teams will compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans at the Circuit de la Sarthe in Le Mans, France.
How do you describe Road America (aka Elkhart Lake) in one word, WOW! As their slogan states ‘America’s National Park of Speed’ is a very accurate description. It is a racetrack in the middle of a forest and don’t ask if you can see the entire track from one location because it is impossible from any view mound or grandstand. At over 4 miles in length you will get your 10,000 steps in easily during the day and the elevation changes give you that extra burn for a great workout. I really enjoyed my time at RA and I can’t wait to go back this year for IndyCar.
Today’s image was taken high above the racetrack after the cars exit turn 12 which is known as Canada Corner and they head up hill through a section of the track known as Thunder Valley. As I’m shooting through the trees I can’t see the entire racing surface but the classic red and yellow corner markers are visible and I can get a clear shot without any tree limbs in the image. After a dozen or so shots I captured this image. The way the livery of the car pops against the dark greens of the trees on either side of Thunder Valley with the red and yellow curb markers lead the eye directly to the race car.
Side note: Most famous road/street courses give names to corners around the course. To name a few corners from around the world, Canada Corner – RA: Eau Rouge, Raidillon – Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium; Parabolica – Monza, Italy; Porsche Curves, Indianapolis – Le Mans; The Corkscrew – Laguna Seca, California; The Esses – Road Atlanta, Georgia. Anyone have other suggestions for famous named corners?